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Vegas Lights: SGIA Expo 2018 Preview

(August/September 2018) posted on Fri Sep 14, 2018

The 15th SGIA show returns to Nevada October 18-20.

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Lunch and Learn

Take a break from the show floor; snag a tasty meal, learn from knowledgeable speakers, and network with other industry professionals.

•Functional Printing, Process, and Products Luncheon Thursday, 12-1:30 p.m.
•Brands Talking Sustainability Thursday, 12-2 p.m.
•Garment Decorators Luncheon Friday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Women in Print

Women in Print Alliance Breakfast Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. Start your Friday morning off right networking with some of the best and brightest in the industry with SGIA’s Women in Print Alliance. Speaker to be announced.

Women in Print Award Winners Panel Discussion Friday, 1:30 p.m., room N114. Join Big Picture Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Palmer for a lively panel discussion with winners of the 2018 Big Picture Women in Print Award. Learn how they got their start in the industry, the challenges they’ve faced, and the reasons they’re still here today.

Women in Print Award Celebration and Cocktail Hour Friday, 3 p.m., booth #1893. Celebrate this year’s Women in Print Award winners with Big Picture and the ST Media Group family of brands at booth #1893 after the panel discussion. 

General Education

This year’s expo is accompanied by 72 education sessions offered in tracks covering graphic and sign, garment decoration, industrial printing, business management, graphics installation, commercial printing, and printed packaging. Here are some of our favorite can’t-miss sessions. 


  • 9 a.m. room N116, “Product Customization/Personalization for Garment Decoration,” Levi Patterson, Spectrum
  • 10:30 a.m. room N116, “Preparing Artwork for Digital/Hybrid Printing,” Thomas Trimingham, M&R
  • 12 p.m. room N114, “How to Adapt DTG to Your Business,” John LeDrew, Melco
  • 1:30 p.m. room N117, “Accelerate Your Pipeline – New Ways to Sell More, Faster,” Mark Coudray, Coudray Growth Technologies
  • 3 p.m. room N117, “Trends and Conditions in Printed Electronics: A Panel Discussion,” moderated by Mike Wagner, Butler Technologies


  • 9 a.m. room N114, “Inkjet Maintenance: The High Cost of Inaction,” Travis Barcelona, Nazdar
  • 10:30 a.m. room N116, “Digital Marketing: Growing Your Business with Social Media and Email Marketing,” Aaron Montgomery,
  • 12:00 p.m. room N117, “How Good is ‘Good Enough?’ Tolerances for Color Matching,” Dan Reid, RPimaging
  • 1:30 p.m. room N119, “Changing Landscape for Foil and UV Coating Decorating Options,” Jeff Peterson, Foil and Specialty Effects Association
  • 3 p.m. room N116, “Digital Appliqué and Multimedia – Where Embroidery Meets Digital,” Jimmy Lamb, Sawgrass Technologies


  • 9 a.m. room N120, “Screen Printing Special Effects,” Kieth Stevens, International Coatings
  • 10:30 a.m. room N117, “Hiring the Next Generation,” Donna M. Painter, Millersville University

Hidden Gems
Looking for something fun to do outside of winning big on the Strip? Search no further; here are some lesser-known attractions in the City of Lights.

  • Try flyboarding (hovering six feet in the air with water jets) at Lake Las Vegas
  • Visit The Laundry Room, a 28-seat speakeasy only accessible by texting a secret number
  • Feed the MGM lions at Lion Habitat Ranch
  • Show off your pinball wizardry on more than 200 machines at the Pinball Hall of Fame
  • Zipline over the Mojave Desert at speeds surpassing 60 mph at Bootleg Canyon

 Read more from the August/September 2018 issue


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